VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals had nicer weather for their second full-squad workout of the spring on Monday, with the wind dying down and the sun warming things up.
Here are a few leftover notes from the workout:
– Henry Rodriguez is making progress in his rehab from August surgery on his right elbow. Rodriguez threw from flat ground again on Monday and played long toss. The right-hander is not that far away from getting on a mound, manager Davey Johnson and general manager Mike Rizzo said.
“He might do some more flat ground and then, in a couple days, have a ‘pen,” Johnson said. “He’s progressing very well.”
– Right-hander Ryan Mattheus did his throwing on Monday but then he left camp a little early to rest and recover from what Johnson said were flu-like symptoms.
– There was an interesting bunch of minor leaguers hitting in a group on Monday with Anthony Rendon, Matt Skole, Micah Owings and Zach Walters in one group and Chris Marrero headlining another. Suffice it to say there was a lot of power coming out of the cage on their field.
– Asked if there was anyone who’d stood out or surprised him early in camp, Rizzo declined to single anyone out, but did note that he was pleased with the physical condition of just about everyone in camp.
“Guys are in shape,” Rizzo said. “They’re getting their cardio in, their work in, (in the weight room) it’s jam-packed. Guys are willing to go in there, they want to go in there. I think it shows on the field where guys can get their throwing in and get their running in, I think it helps the preparation.”